- The Stanley Cup Final between the Montreal Canadiens and Tampa Bay Lightning continues from Montreal on Friday night.
- The Lightning are -140 favorites in Game 3 and the player prop market is loaded with betting options
- See available player props for the top players within the story below
The Stanley Cup Final Game 3 takes place Friday night from Montreal when Andrei Vasilevskiy and the Tampa Bay Lightning head back to Bell Centre to face the Montreal Canadiens. The puck drops a little after 8pm ET on NBC.
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With Tampa Bay winning the first two games, it is interesting to note that Tampa Bay is now a -1250 favorite to win the Stanley Cup. Montreal has been an underdog in every single series so far in their playoff run and is again even at home on Friday.
As always, the player prop market is loaded with options for bettors to pick through. Check out the odds below, plus a few bets to target.
Lightning vs Canadiens Game 3 Player Props
|Player||Goal (To Score) at DraftKings||Shots||1+ Points||2+ Points|
|Ondrej Palat (Lightning)||+270||1.5 ( Ov -162 / Un +115)||0.5 ( Ov -134 / Un -106)||1.5 ( Ov +425 / Un -835)|
|Steven Stamkos (Lightning)||+200||2.5 ( Ov +100 / Un -139)||0.5 ( Ov -150 / Un +108)||1.5 ( Ov +350 / Un -625)|
|Brayden Point (Lightning)||+155||2.5 ( Ov +110 / Un -155)||0.5 ( Ov -195 / Un +135)||1.5 ( Ov +205 / Un -305)|
|Victor Hedman (Lightning)||+370||2.5 ( Ov +105 / Un -143)||0.5 ( Ov -139 / Un +100)||1.5 ( Ov +350 / Un -625)|
|Nikita Kucherov (Lightning)||+180||2.5 ( Ov -162 / Un +115)||0.5 ( Ov -240 / Un +165)||1.5 ( Ov +185 / Un -270)|
|Nick Suzuki (Canadiens)||+215||1.5 ( Ov -225 / Un +155)||0.5 ( Ov -118 / Un -118)||1.5 ( Ov +425 / Un -835)|
|Tyler Toffoli (Canadiens)||+200||2.5 ( Ov -118 / Un -118)||0.5 ( Ov -118 / Un -118)||1.5 ( Ov +450 / Un -910)|
|Cole Caufield (Canadiens)||+215||2.5 ( Ov +100 / Un -139)||0.5 ( Ov +105 / Un -143)||1.5 ( Ov +475 / Un -1000)|
|Jeff Petry (Canadiens)||+525||1.5 ( Ov -195 / Un +135)||0.5 (Ov +125 / Un -177)||OFF|
|Brendan Gallagher (Canadiens)||+285||2.5 ( Ov +105 / Un -143)||0.5 ( Ov +140 / Un -200)||1.5 ( Ov +550 / Un -1250)|
Odds as of July 1st
How is Young Cole Caufield?
This answer seems to be obvious as the young player who played this year at the University of Wisconsin has acclimated just fine. Though Caufield has been somewhat contained, he does have two shots in each game and at least 2-3 scoring chances per contest so far during the Stanley Cup Final.
One thing we can say for certain, he is ready for the Montreal crowd once more. Most everyone remembers this.
this was nasty by Cole Caufield pic.twitter.com/nBjPcMBGEA
— Dimitri Filipovic (@DimFilipovic) June 25, 2021
The speed has been mostly neutralized by the Lightning. However, there have been times where Caufield has been able to turn on the jets and get down the middle of the ice.
For now, some places are playing it safe and sort of underpropping Caufield. That is understandable. This will be a game-time decision of sorts. It will be something to keep an eye on but if there are updated numbers, there will be added data posted via social media. The idea is that an even number on just 2.5 shots looks awfully reasonable.
— Evan Closky (@ECloskyWTSP) July 1, 2021
To be honest, the rookie is only playing about 13 minutes a night or so. That is a rather smart move by Luke Richardson. Dominque Ducharme would utilize him about the same and with Ducharme back expect Caufield to get deployed better with the last line change.
The kids are all right and the expectation is that playing with Tyler Toffoli (who loves to shoot the puck and score), it would not surprise anyone to see Caufield get at least one point on Friday night.
Picks: Caufield Over 2.5 Shots (+100), Caufield 1 point (+105)
Montreal’s Power Play and Nick Suzuki
The Montreal Canadiens have surprised some with their effective power play. It has not been the greatest but again, the key is this. If a team kills penalties so well, then it only has to be so good on their own man advantage to create a positive goal-differential on special teams.
The Montreal power play operates at 20.8% efficiency. When one considers their penalty kill is 92.3%, that adds up to a special teams percentage of 113.1%. Only, Tampa Bay is better in that regard.
Nick Suzuki was the one who struck on the power play for Montreal. It was a bit of a soft goal but hey, good things happen when one gets the puck to the net.
WE’RE TIED 👀
— Hockey Night in Canada (@hockeynight) July 1, 2021
There is just this sense that the rookie is not afraid of any situation. It does not matter if it is a Game 2 in Tampa Bay or anywhere for that matter. With the scene shifting to Montreal, Suzuki should be able to get more favorable matchups. That will highlight his offensive abilities more. That being said, the forward played a much better Game 2 when compared to Game 1.
Keep in mind, he is doing this while just 21 years old and the forward is quite resourceful for a second-line center who has had to face Brayden Point. Let’s see how he does against Tampa’s bottom-six.
Pick: Suzuki Over 0.5 Points (-118)